Do you want your rear emblem to look like this. Then follow these simple steps. Honest, once you get down and do it, it's very simple.
Equipment Needed: - Spray can of body colour (VW stuff is best comes with lacquer), masking tape, plastic primer, silicone/bonding silicone. Maybe double sided tape and heat gun. Your colour code can be found under the carpet of your boot on the sticker on the floor.
1. Either heat the badge slightly or as I did leave it in the sunlight (if you can find some!!!) for a while. Then gradually get your fingers at the top of the badge and peel off. It comes off pretty easy. You can also maybe use your own debadging method/.
2. After you have taken the badge off, you will see that the mounting points have been heated then compressed to keep the chrome VW badge onto the backing. Basically what you have to do is take off the heads of these. The way I did it was to get a small flat blade screwdriver and gradually break/clip off the heads. You only need to break the head so it becomes round and can fit through the backing hole. Be careful not to break the mounting points when taking off the heads.
3. If you have done this correctly to all 6 of them (i think), then the chrome VW badge will pull away from the backing. May require a little effort, but be careful not to break the badge.
4. With this off all you do now is mask off the rubber seal around the backing. You could try taking it off, but it looked tricky to me and may become stretched. So I just masked it.
5. Get thinners or something to clean the backing ready for painting. Then to do a proper job, I used plastic primer before painting it to the body colour. I sprayed a few coats of the plastic primer. Then follow the instruction on the spray can. Basically build up your layers and then wait 10 mins after the final coat and apply a few coats of lacquer. Try to use a heat gun, just to heat it after each coat. But keep the heat gun as far away as possible. This is just for a perfect "oven-baked" job.
6. Wait for enough time for the paint to dry, preferably a minimum of 4-6 hours. Then get your chrome VW badge and clip it onto the backing. Make sure it clips in properly and has no gaps. And again be careful not to break it.
7. Now as you can see on the back side, we have taken off the heads. Now what I did is to use silicone or windscreen bonding, and put a blob on each of the mounting points. When hardned,it will probably be stronger than original. Again you may have an idea of your own on how to tackle this.
8. Then wait for the silicone o dry and stick the badge back on. You may want to mark the badge with masking tape where it was originally to keep it straight. Fortunately my double sided tape stayed on the body side, and I used the same tape. You may what to use new tape.
9. Sit back and enjoy your handiwork and give yourself a pat on the back!!! <img src=images/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>
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